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Unreasonable passion, irrational exuberance

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A Tale of Two Fishies

Daniel Yudkin

Yesterday I went FISHING.  That’s right, FISHING—in the baddest-ass, most old-school sense of the word.  Picture a wooden canoe-shaped boat called a dory floating half a mile out in the lagoon, a hunk of fresh-caught sardine hanging from a large hook, the setting tropical sun muted by the distant haze, and you will only begin to understand the perfection of the adventure.

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Nicaragua a million, but Daniel, 1

Daniel Yudkin

OK, I'm not one to brag (total lie) but right now I have to tweet my own whistle a little bit  and show you guys how massively and astoundingly successful my "soccer field in town" campaign has been.  All of a sudden I find myself in the totally unexpected, completely new, and fairly uncomfortable position of soccer coach for a good portion of the town's 12-16-year-old population.  It's great! Whenever I feel like I have the emotional reserves necessary to effectively handle 20-30 energy-sappin', authority-sneerin', vocal-chord testin' teenagers, I simply throw a whistle around my neck, strap on my Adidas, and stand out in the middle of the field with a soccer ball between my legs.

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True Heroism

Daniel Yudkin

I’m going to be completely honest: if everyone at birth is allotted a certain amount of hero-points to use over the course of their lifetime, then this weekend I blew mine all at once.

A few days ago, the entire town of Pearl Lagoon gathered for a big parade honoring a man who has literally spent his entire life devoted to the community. His name is Ray Hooker, and he’s the boss of the organization I work for and the reason I’m here and the reason the school I work for exists in the first place. He’s a monolithic man, well over six feet tall, sage-like in demeanor and so slow and deliberate in his speech that you get the feeling he never said a word he didn’t mean in his life. It’s as if every word that comes out of his mouth is so painstakingly and wisely, WISELY chosen that it needs extra time to marinate in the cerebrum and larynx before coming to the surface in audible form. He’s someone who after meeting you feel an untraceable certainty will live on in myth long after his own death. It’s kind of awe-inspiring.

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